Category Archives: Course and lesson authoring tools

Tools used to create e-learning courses and lessons

15 – Moodle

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The world’s free learning platform that helps you create effective online teaching and learning experiences in a collaborative, private environment

Cost: Free. Open Source
Available: Download
Website: https://moodle.org/
Categories: courseauthoringcoursemanagement

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 15 2014: 12  2013: 11  2012: 11  2011: 8  2010: 10  2009: 14=  2008: 9  2007: 12=

Comment from those who selected Moodle as one of their Top Tools 

“flexible, complete and for any kind of organisation| Gemma Lesterhuis, 2015

“great platform for housing course work and even better for collecting student work” Justine Poldevin, 2014

“you can download your own onto your machine” brilliant, 2014

19 – PowToon

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PowToon is an online software tool that allows you to create animated video explainers – for business or education.

Cost: Free and premium versions
Available: Hosted
Website:www.powtoon.com
Categories: course authoring, video

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 19  2014: 46  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: – 2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected PowToon as one of their top tools

“I was slow to warm to this little tool, which helps you create short cartoons in a relatively short period of time. But the spirit eventually grabbed me and now I have a lot of fun with this tool – whether to promote a new learning module or just goofing around. Looking for something that’s a little different – not quite a full-on elearning module but much more fun that a plain old email announcing the roll-out of a new training offering? Give it a try!” Brian Washburn, 2015

“A different nice way to create educational content,” Despina, Kalilali, 2014

26 – Articulate Storyline

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Empower rapid e-learning with a set of powerful authoring tools: eg E-Learning Studio and Storyline 2. Track e-learning through Articulate Online.

Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available
Available: Download
Websitehttps://www.articulate.com/
Categories: course authoring, course management

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 26  2014: 21  2013: 25  2012: 37  2011: 46  2010: 43  2009: 24  2008: 25  2007: 22=

Comments from some of those who selected Articulate as one of their Top Tools 

“Storyline: Hands-down this is the easiest elearning authoring tool I’ve ever used. And the Articulate community is second to none – welcoming, active, helpful and just a collection of fun people. Want to get the most out of your Storyline experience?”  Brian Washburn, 2015

“Storyline: I could write many articles on why, but I can sum it up with two statements. First, “folks get it”. For whatever reason (my team trialled several competing tools), folks become more productive with Storyline- faster than their competitor’s tools. And second, “community”. Even if you aren’t an Articulate user, join the Articulate community and benefit from the resources shared.” David Glow, 2015

31 – Camtasia

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Techsmith’s Camtasia is a tool to record, edit and enhance on-screen activity in the form of screencasts.

Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available
Available: Download
Website: https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html
Categories: course authoring, screencasting

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 31  2014: 23  2013: 28  2012: 28  2011: 28  2010: 27  2009: 26  2008: 26=  2007: 50

Comments from some of those who selected Camtasia as one of their Top Tools 

“great for screencapture” Wiebe Dijkstra, 2015

“for being the best screen capture tool” Sergey Snegirev, 2014

“all of my online video tutorials are created using Camtasia for Mac. It is user friendly and inexpensive. And it creates great video content for online learning.”  Tim Childers 2013

35 – TEDTalks & TEDEd

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TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading – annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events. TED Ed is a tool to create lessons around TED Talks and other videos.

Cost: Free.
Available: Hosted.
Websitewww.ted.com and ed.ted.com
Categories: course authoring, video/animation

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 35  2014: 26  2013: 25  2012: 25  2011: 30  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected TED as one of their top tools

“influential videos used in personal life, in the classroom, and further learning in various areas of life. Who doesn’t love TED. I have learned so much from TED and find that many are applicable to the classroom and for those days that I just need a pick me up.” Virginia Goen, 2015

“I find TED Talks to be an extremely valuable subset of online videos. Not only are some of the talks exciting and thought-provoking and idea-inducing, but I also refer people to TED in order to study how to begin a presentation, how to grab the audience’s attention, how to hold the audience’s attention, and how to wrap up a presentation with punch.” Brian Washburn, 2015

“influential videos used in personal life, in the classroom, and further learning in various areas of life”  2015

38 – Adobe Captivate

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Rapidly create simulations, software demonstrations, and scenario-based training.

Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available
Available: Download
Websitehttp://www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html
Categories: course authoring, simulations, screencasting

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 38  2014: 33  2013: 37  2012: 43  2011: 48  2010: 38  2009: 22=  2008: 30=  2007: 17=

Comments from some of those who selected Captivate as one of their Top Tools

“It is less and less frequent, but when we do need an animation or software capture with narration/annotation, we use Captivate. I’m not prepared to defend it against competitors; it’s simply the one we use now.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“The two best products to use to create interactive, SCORM-compliant eLearning courses are Articulate’s eLearning Suite and Adobe Captivate. The reason that Captivate has made my list and not Articulate is purely because Captivate is available on both the Mac and the PC.” Bonnie Stachowiak, 2015

“most versatile eLearning authoring tool” Lieve Weymeis, 2015

41 – iSpring

iSpring Suite is e-learning authoring software that integrates with PowerPoint to create e-learning course and video lectures.

Cost: Commercial.
Available: Download. Free trial
Websitehttp://www.ispringsolutions.com/
Categories: course authoring

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 41  2014: 37  2013: 46  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected iSpring as one of their top tools

“allows me to produce high quality slides and publish them” Washington Braga, 2015

“iSpring Presenter because it’s easy to use with legacy material and has a great quiz tool” Marie Desjardin, 2015

“Simple to use, reliable, and intuitive to the students” John L Lee, 2015

47 – Explain Everything

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An interactive whiteboard and screencasting app that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost everywhere

Cost: Small charge
Available: Download
Websitewww.explaineverything.com
Categories: course authoring, screencasting

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 47  2014: 53  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those that selected Explain Everything as one of their Top Tools 

“I use this to make my videos.” Olivia Seger, 2015

48 – Videoscribe

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Videoscribe lets you create your own whiteboard-style animations with no design or technical know-how

Cost: Commercial. Free trial
Available: Download
Websitewww.videoscribe.co
Categories: courseauthoringvideo/animation

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 48  2014: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Videoscribe as one of their Top 10 Tools

“An easy to use tool for developing animations” 2015

“Videoscribe for developing animations” Ellen Schuurink, 2015

50 – Nearpod

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Nearpod lets you present, quiz and report synchronously with your students or else make content available on demand

Cost: Free and premium versions.
Available: Hosted/Download
Website: http://nearpod.com/
Categories: courseauthoring, classroompresentations

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 50  2014: 56  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Nearpod as one of their Top 10 Tools

“Nearpod brings learning to life in my classroom! It’s such an easy tool for me to create an interactive presentation for my students.”